Why Callum Wilson would be a brilliant signing for Manchester United
According to a report from the Daily Mail, Bournemouth star Callum Wilson is ‘high among Manchester United’s striker targets’ ahead of January window.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for more firepower up top and earlier this month admitted the club will look to sign a new goalscorer in the New Year. And Callum Wilson is high among United’s striker targets in the January window.
Wilson, 27, has enjoyed a fine start to the campaign, netting five times already for the Cherries in nine Premier League matches. His fine performances were rewarded with a call up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Last summer, the England international penned a four-year contract at the Vitality Stadium. Despite being tied at the club until 2023, United must try their best to bag the signature of Wilson in the January transfer window.
The Red Devils, who have endured a tough start to the season, sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan and loaned out Alexis Sanchez to the same club but did not bring in sufficient attacking reinforcements to replace them.
So far this season no United player has scored more than four goals. Marcus Rashford leads the charts with Daniel James behind him with three goals. For Rashford, two of those came in the opening day win over Chelsea.
Solskjaer’s only other striking options are Anthony Martial, who’s struggled with injury, and youth team graduate Mason Greenwood, who is yet to score a Premier League goal.
The Red Devils have not scored more than one goal in a match since an opening-day win over Chelsea – and hopes of a top-four spot at Old Trafford appear a distant prospect. To solve the team’s goalscoring woes, Callum Wilson would fit the bill perfectly at United.
Wilson scored 14 goals and set up 10 more in 30 Premier League outings last term and has started the new campaign in fine fashion as well.
The former Coventry City man is a clinical finisher, a handful in the air, likes to upset opposing defences and make a nuisance of himself in the box, as well as create more opportunities for his fellow forwards in the final third.
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The Englishman’s form over the last season and a half has increased dramatically, going from eight league goals in 2017/18 to 14 last term. He is 27 years old, having perhaps entered the prime of his career and would be perfect to lead United’s attack, whilst adding competition for the likes of Rashford and Martial.
A move for Wilson seems to make sense for United, but the question around this one would be if the 27-year-old could make the step up to the pressures that come with a move to Old Trafford.